Email Insights: Long-term unemployment numbers don’t look good for Rick Scott

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Florida’s middle class has suffered enough under Gov. Rick Scott, according to the Florida Democratic Party.

In a recent email blast to supporters, Scott’s Florida has the highest population of long-term unemployed in the country — a sign “he just doesn’t get it.”

In a recent Orlando Sentinel article, researchers said Florida ranks second in the country for long-term unemployment. Florida is one of the states with the highest number of workers who have been unemployed for at least six months.

That is all the Democrats need.

Scott’s “misguided priorities” are the reason for the shape the state is in, said FDP Chair Allison Tant.

“Under Rick Scott, the wealthy special interests get handouts while the middle class struggles just to get by,” said Tant. “For three years, Rick Scott’s Florida has had more long-term unemployed than almost any other state. People have cut back until there isn’t anything left to cut.”

“Rick Scott just doesn’t understand that the middle class must come first.”

In the Democrats’ argument that Scott isn’t looking out for “average working people,” these new numbers certainly don’t support the governor’s position.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.